Massachusetts Medical Society: Annual Oration

Annual Oration

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2021 Annual Oration

Responsiveness and Resilience: Leading Through Public Health Crises

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. – Virtually via Zoom

History of the Oration

The MMS Annual Oration dates back to 1804 when Dr. Isaac Rand delivered his dissertation entitled, On Phthisis Pulmonalis, and the Use of the Warm Bath. For more than 200 years, MMS orators have addressed a wide spectrum of topics germane to the evolving practice of medicine.

Simone Wildes

Simone Wildes, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Infectious Disease Physician, South Shore Health,
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
Chair, Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine

To learn more about Dr. Simone Wildes, click here.

About the Orator
Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
To learn more about Dr. Monica Bharel, click here.

Program Description

In 2021, the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has produced extraordinary challenges for our health care system. In addition to inflicting serious illness and an unprecedented loss of life, the pandemic has underscored the deep health and economic inequities that disproportionately afflict communities of color and revealed the consequences of underinvestment in public health preparedness and prevention. Leaders on the frontlines of the response have had to make consequential decisions impacting individual and community health in the context of resource shortages, conflicting information, and politicization of the pandemic.

The 2021 Annual Oration will reflect and explore the mindset and skills essential to effective leadership before, during and after a public health crisis. Whereas medicine has a primary role in healing those who are sick, the long-term health of individuals and communities is ultimately dependent upon the equitable distribution of socioeconomic resources and the acceptance of public health information and interventions that empower people to protect themselves and others. Please join us as Dr. Monica Bharel shares her experience leading through crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it can help better inform our work to respond to future crises more effectively and equitably.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for health care leaders, physicians, residents, other health care professionals and students in all health care professions.

Activity Objectives

  • Apply risk reduction strategies that may mitigate the effects of a public health crisis
  • Define how COVID-19, and other crises consistently and disproportionately impact vulnerable populations and what needs to be done to address the inequities in the system
  • Discuss the lessons learned and/or new positive changes that resulted from the crisis

Program Fees:

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member Physician: Free
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: $100.00
Non-Member Resident/Student: $25.00
Allied Health Professional/Other: $80.00

Accreditation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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